Colchester Historical Society Events

Throughout the year the Colchester Historical Society offers programs that explore Colchester’s rich past, introduce you to community members with similar interests, and allow you to unwind, relax, and learn something new about your town!

All events and programs take place at the Colchester History Museum unless otherwise noted.  For more information, email us at: 

June, 2017

2nd Annual Antiques Appraisal Day
Saturday, June 3
10 am to 2 pm
Location: Cragin Memorial Library
$10 per item, or 3 items for $25

Learn more about your treasured heirlooms at our 2nd Annual Antiques Appraisal Day!  Back by popular demand, Arthur Liverant leads a team of professional antique dealers and appraisers to share their expertise about your antiques and family heirlooms, including ceramics, collectibles, glass, vintage toys, paintings, jewelry, etc.  For large furniture items, please bring a photograph, and, if possible, a removable part, such as a drawer.  PLEASE BE ADVISED that no antique firearms will be appraised or permitted in the building.  All proceeds benefit the Colchester Historical Society, a non-profit 501c3.  Walk-ins welcome, but reservations can be made by contacting CHS at:  Confirmed appraisers include: Arthur Liverant, Kevin Tulimieri, Larry Shapiro, Paul Pomprowitz, Billy Barrows, and Carolyn Yost.


CT Museums Open-House Day
Saturday, June 10
11 am to 2 pm; Free

Spend CT Open-House Day with CHS and discover the Colchester History Museum’s newest exhibit, “What the Doctor Ordered: A Century of Medicine Bottles from Colchester Pharmacies.”  Collector and donor Gerry Dauphinais will share with visitors the amazing stories behind the bottles, and how he came to collect them.  The full museum will be open for visitors to enjoy, and refreshments will be served.  “CT Open-House Day” is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Offices of Culture and Tourism.  Connecticut–Still Revolutionary.

Current News!


The Colchester Historical Society is proud to announce the successful completion of StEPS-CT, or Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs).

The Colchester Historical Society was one of 23 small cultural and heritage organizations which recently completed this intensive 2-year program.  CHS received support and training via curriculum-based workshops; coaching from a dedicated mentor; and access to a Connecticut Humanities grant fund earmarked for initiatives related to achieving StEPs-CT program standards.

Over the course of the program, the Colchester Historical Society achieved bronze and silver certificates in six areas of museum practice.  Through continued work on a self-study basis, CHS plans to continue to strive for gold certification in all StEPS Units.  “This is just the beginning,” said CHS Co-President Gigi Liverant, “we are so grateful for StEPS-CT for all that we’ve learned, and we plan to continue developing procedures and policies that establish Colchester Historical Society as the premier steward of Colchester’s history and heritage.”

“Our experience with StEPS-CT has been invaluable,” Angela George, Co-President of CHS added. “From improved signage that has increased visitation to the museum, to implementing current policies that guide our volunteers through daily operations, StEPS-CT has improved our organization.  We can now provide better programs to our community, and we are now better able to tell our audiences our local histories and preserve our heritage through our unique collections and images.”

StEPs-CT is a program of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, in partnership with Connecticut Historical Society, based on a curriculum of best practices developed by the American Association for State and Local History.  

Connecticut’s program was the first to integrate the national StEPs curriculum and is viewed as a model for similar programs across the country, according to Scott Wands, manager of grants and programs at Connecticut Humanities.

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting

The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) builds connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. Learn more by visiting




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